Meet Julian Smith, a longtime MUSC employee, who is known by many as the father of the Cooper River Bridge run given his longtime role as its director.
Smith has had three bouts with four different types of cancer including glioblastoma. He wanted to turn his condition from a negative to a positive so he created a glioblastoma fund for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. Though it can occur at any age, it tends to occur more often in older adults. It can cause worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures. Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible. It represents about 15 percent of all primary brain tumors.
The Brain & Spine Tumor Program treats GBM and other tumors through advances in medical and surgical therapies and a broadened array of clinical trials.
"I don’t want this to be about me. I want it to be about glioblastoma and finding a cure. I want it to be about how this horrible thing comes to people."
- Julian E. Smith